Thought to be termed out this year, District 2 Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier could spend another four years on the Board of Supervisors after Superior Court Judge Peter Busch gave her the green light for re-election today.

Supes are, typically, expected to serve two successive four-year terms at the most -- to keep things fresh and exciting. But, how did Alioto-Pier, a BOS player since 2004, get this very special treat? Chris Roberts of SF Appeal explains, "Alioto-Pier has served on the Board of Supervisors since 2004, when Mayor Gavin Newsom appointed her to fill the seat he had just vacated. She was elected in her own right that November -- city law mandates that appointed supervisors must stand for election on the next calendared ballot -- and was re-elected in 2006."

So, according to Alioto-Pier, she only has one term under her belt.

Alioto-Pier faces strong competition in her North Beach/Pacific Heights district from, among others, Janet Reilly, Mark Farrell, and Target delivery service advocate, Kat Anderson.